Student Support Fund Grants
The Student Support Fund (SSF) can provide grants to help students with essential living costs. The Fund acts as a safety net if you are in financial difficulty. The SSF cannot help you to pay your tuition fees.
You will need to show us that you are receiving other sources of income (for example: student loans, wages, savings, overdrafts, bursaries, grants, scholarships, sponsors, and/or contributions from family or a partner) to help with your core living costs. An award from the SSF will not be enough on its own to support you throughout a whole academic year.
If you have no other funding in place or you have not made any other financial plans, your application is likely to be rejected.
We also need to see evidence of your income and finances to process your application.
Who can apply?
- Home students
- EU and International students
You must be fully enrolled at the University and be attending your course during the 23/24 academic year. Home students must have applied for all of the student funding available to them, to be able to apply to the Student Support Fund.
How do I apply?
To apply to the fund, you will need to complete our application form so that we can find out more about your circumstances and you will also need to provide supporting evidence. A Student Life Adviser will then arrange to speak to you by telephone so that they can discuss your financial circumstances with you.
Applications for the 2023/24 academic year will open on the 1st of November 2023.
If you are in immediate need of financial support before this date, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the team will assist you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Applications are assessed using the shortfall model, which looks at the difference between your income and expenditure. When looking at your expenditure, we will consider it against standardised thresholds that depend on your circumstances.
We can only consider applications for EU and International students if you are experiencing financial hardship due to an unexpected crisis or because something has happened to you outside of your control. You must clearly tell us how this has happened in your application. We will only be able to provide financial support to you if we are confident that your financial difficulties are temporary.
If you are not sure if you qualify or would like more information, please email email@example.com
Initially, we need to see evidence of your student funding, tenancy agreement/mortgage statements and bank statements for the last 3 months. The application form will guide you through the evidence you need to submit. We may need to see further evidence of your income and expenditure, and we will notify you of this via email.
We need to confirm your situation to make sure we are completing an accurate assessment. The evidence you provide will help us to see if you qualify for the SSF, as University funds are limited.
Then we will not be able to process your application. Make sure you check you have submitted the correct documents, as otherwise your application will be delayed.
If you are facing an emergency - for example you have no money or food – please call 01274 233218 in the first instance. We need to know about your situation as far in advance as possible, as it can take up to 5 working days to arrange basic support.
All assessments follow strict guidelines based on the information you provide. Assessors have an element of discretion, but award decisions are always evidence based, so you need to tell us as much information about your situation as possible and back this up with evidence.
The minimum award is £250 and the maximum award is £2000 per academic year. If your assessment award is calculated as less than £100, no payment will be made. An application to the SSF is no guarantee that an award will be made. Do not rely on the SSF as your only option. If you are successful and you owe an outstanding debt to the University, we reserve the right to offset the award against your outstanding balance.
We will send an email to your student email address to make you aware of our decision.